Kenosha, Wisconsin. First Congregational Church records, 1862-2008.

Collection Information
Title:

Kenosha, Wis. First Congregational Church records, 1862-2008.

Creator(s):

First Congregational Church (Kenosha, Wis.)

Dates:

1862-1871, 1900-2008

Extent:

2 document cases (0.64 cubic feet)

Collection ID #:

RG5212

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is unrestricted and open to the public.

Copyright: Preferred Citation:

[Identification of item], in the First Congregational Church (Kenosha, Wis.) records, RG5212. The Congregational Library & Archives, Boston, MA.

Language:

English

Processing information:

Processed by Jessica Steytler, November 2014, using DACS Second Edition.

Abstract:

First Church was established in 1838 when the area was called Pike Creek until 1850 when Kenosha superseded. The collection consists of ledgers that have meeting minutes and vital statistics; membership books and lists; historical sketches; undated photographs.

Acquisition Information:

Donated by Christ the King Church, current church building owners, September 2014.

Description

Historical Note

First Church was established in 1838 when the area was called Pike Creek until 1850 when Kenosha superseded. The congregation built their first meeting house in 1844, which served until it was replace in 1875. In 1913, church and society reorganized and became incorporated. During the debates in the 1950s regarding the Evangelical & Reformed and Congregational Christian denominational merger, First Church opposed the merger and remained unaffiliated until they joined the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches in 1963. The decision was a contentious one and former members established the Plymouth Congregational Church. While the church counted 1500 members in the 1950s, the church membership declined and the congregation chose to disband in 2013. The building was purchased by an independent CrossWay group, which formed the Christ the King Church. Several of the original First Church members were welcomed into the new church.

 

Scope of Collection

The collection consists of ledgers that have meeting minutes and vital statistics; membership books and lists; historical sketches; undated photographs. Vital statistics include baptisms, membership, deaths, and occasionally marriages. There are no original records dating to the earliest years of the church, however a member transcribed baptisms back to 1840 in the mid-20th century; it is not a complete list, however it's the most complete list available.

 

Further Searches

Subject Headings

First Congregational Church (Kenosha, Wis.)

Church records and registers - Wisconsin - Kenosha.

Baptism.

Kenosha (Wis.) - Church history

Church buildings - Wisconsin - Pictorial works

Church membership.

Congregational churches - Wisconsin - Kenosha.

Marriage records - Wisconsin - Kenosha.

 

Related Materials

Kenosha, WI : First Congregational Church. (17.11.1 K41.28 FIRCC)

 

Arrangement

Materials are arranged topically.

 

Contents

  Date Box/Item
Church records 1900-1947 B1/V1
Church records 1947-1960 B1/F1
Church records 1961-1965 B1/V2
Vital statistics 1862-1871 B1/F3
Vital statistics 1951-1959 B2/V1
  Date Box/Item
Vital statistics 1959-1971 B2/V1
Vital statistics 1991-2008 B2/V2
Membership lists and baptism list 1954-1955 B2/F1
Baptism records, transcribed 1840-1892, 1913-1959, 1977-1979 1954 B2/F2
Membership directories 1954, 1960s B2/F3
Membership directories 1977, 1979, 1983, 1984 B2/F4
Historical sketches 1938-1988 (gaps) B2/F5
Photographs undated B2/F6

 

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